Covent Garden Summer Intensive

COVID-19 information

Please note: While we currently expect this course to go ahead, it is subject to change based on the prevailing UK COVID-19 guidance.

The Royal Ballet School Summer Intensive in Covent Garden offers full-time training in classical ballet in the summer holidays.

Our Covent Garden non-residential Summer Intensive, for young dancers aged 16 to 19 years old, is based at 46 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DA.

Dance classes are held in our state-of-the-art building which houses five bright and attractive studios. Participants also have access to our healthcare facilities and staff including on-site physiotherapists and counsellors.

How to apply

Our 2021 Summer Intensive courses are expected to run as planned, starting on 12 July 2021.

More information about the courses and how to apply will be published here in September 2020.


The course is offered on a tuition-only basis. For more information on fees for Summer Intensives, visit our fees page.

Course content


The Covent Garden Summer Intensive introduces The Royal Ballet School System of Training to students from around the globe.

This programme is a unique opportunity to receive the highest levels of coaching from our world-renowned Royal Ballet School faculty.

Classes offered during the Summer Intensive typically include:

Pas de Deux
New Creation

Programmes are offered on a tuition-only basis.

Dance classes are held in our state-of-the-art building in Covent Garden, which houses five studios, as well as our Healthcare suite.

Accommodation – Supervised hostels

The Royal Ballet School can offer limited accommodation to some students aged 16-18 attending the course. It is recommended that, if accepted onto the course, alternative accommodation is found. General hotel information will be sent to successful candidates. Students aged 19 will need to source their own accommodation.

The Supervised hostels are home to our full-time students during term time and are then offered to Summer School students for the course duration. The accommodation provided includes single sex shared rooms (between 2 and 6 students sharing depending on the room), a communal kitchen/dining area and bathroom facilities. A continental breakfast is included (this may include cereals, toast, fruit etc) and snacks are available from the kitchens but students will be required to source their own lunch and evening meals. The School has access to the Royal Opera House Staff and Artists canteen, which has hot and cold meals available at subsidised prices.

Students staying at one of our hostels are supervised by Royal Ballet School residential pastoral staff who are available morning and evening and for any students who are unwell and not able to attend the course during the day. Duvets and pillows are provided, students are asked to bring their own sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases.

The hostel in Pimlico requires a short tube/underground journey to and from Covent Garden. Students travel in groups and will have pastoral staff to assist with the first few journeys.

Jebsen House is located in Covent Garden, and is walking distance to the School.

Students who are allocated a place at one of the hostels are provided with a comprehensive accommodation handbook prior to arriving in London.

Due to the limited places available the School is not be able to offer accommodation to all Summer School students. Offers are not made on a first come, first served basis, as we attempt to accommodate as many students as possible, with a priority given to younger dancers. This may mean that some of the older students will need to locate their own accommodation, local hotel information will be sent to parents if this is the case.


The Royal Opera House has kindly extended its Staff and Artists Cafeteria to Summer Intensive students during their lunch break and also from 5.30-6.30pm in the evening, where students can purchase a hot or cold nutritious meal at reasonable prices. This is considerably less than the many restaurants and cafés in the area. There are also local supermarkets nearby for less expensive and quick meals if required. There are many restaurants and coffee shops in Covent Garden but these can prove costly if used daily.

A typical day

The course begins with registration and a welcome introduction at the School, this is for all students.

Classes begin at 9.30am the following morning. Students should be fully prepared, warmed up and in the studio by the start of class. There is assembly on the first day of each course before the first dance class.

All classes are compulsory and last up to 1 hour 30 minutes.

There are mid-morning, lunch and afternoon breaks.

After lunch, classes continue until 5.15pm.

Students are asked to vacate the building by 6pm unless there is an activity organised (please check notice boards).

Students have one free Sunday on which they can explore the city, spend time with new friends or relax after the week’s training.

On the final day of each course, parents can watch the classes in the morning and then after lunch are invited to watch the new choreographic works created by our guest choreographers.

Successful participants will be sent an information handbook ahead of the course and full schedules are available to view on registration day.